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Anzia Yezierska's autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White Horse (1950), was the subject of a transition in reader reception from its publication in 1950 to the 1970s and 1980s. First received as the story of Yezierska's life, it was later perceived as fiction, in part because of...
The Partisan Review played an important, yet unacknowledged, role in the development of modernist poetry, publishing important poets and encouraging exploration of linkages between politics and aesthetic experimentation. While initial efforts in the magazine were little more than...
Central to the work of avant-garde U.S. American poets from Ezra Pound to the present have been continuing conflicts between didacticism and coterie exclusiveness, and over the poet's relationship to pedagogical institutions. Within the contemporary poet Bob Perelman's ongoing...
This essay examines the work of four recent Jewish-American poets of successive generations (respectively, George Oppen, Armand Schwerner, Michael Heller, and Norman Finkelstein). In documenting and elucidating their interrelationships, the essay argues simultaneously for the central, and...
This essay argues that there is currently a cultural prohibition in Jewish literature against rewriting history. Jewish artists cannot abandon history and cannot condone historical revisionism, but they can present alternatives within history either to redeem it or critique it. Poets Rachel Blau...
This essay, initially presented as the Duffy Lecture (2007) at the University of Notre Dame, explores the applicability of Talmudic and Rabbinic interpretive traditions for a contemporary American experimental poetics. Drawing heavily on the writings of Marc-Alain Ouaknin and Susan Handelman, I...
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